How to Write a Novel: From Idea to Finished Manuscript

Is it your dream to write a novel?

Are you unclear on the process?

Are you suffering from self-doubt about whether your writing is good enough?

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.

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I’ve written 12 novels as J.F.Penn, hitting the New York Times, USA Today and Amazon Bestseller lists. I’ve sold over half a million books in 74 countries and 5 languages… but I started out just like you.

I always dreamed of writing a novel but I thought I wasn’t good enough. I didn’t know anything about how stories worked, and I didn’t even have any ideas. Years of working in the corporate world had buried my creative side and I didn’t know how to find it again. Self-doubt and lack of confidence made me feel that writing a novel was an impossible dream.

I had no clue where to start and I worked a stressful, full-time job, so I had no time or the self-discipline to write. I was also afraid that writing would be a waste of time and even if I did finish a novel, it would be a failure.

But after years of putting it off, I finally started writing my first novel, Stone of Fire, in November 2009. In April 2011, that first novel came out and I caught the writing bug! I’ve kept on writing since then, eventually leaving my day job to become a full-time author-entrepreneur.

So, it is possible to write your novel and change your life. I know because I’ve been through the journey and in this course, I share how you can do it too.

The Association of American Publishers quote a survey showing that 82% of people want to write a book, but only a tiny fraction of them go on to actually write one.

Do you feel like this?

The writing craft is like an iceberg.

You only need to know a small amount, the little bit above the water, in order to write a novel. Once you have mastered that, then you can spend the rest of your writing life exploring those hidden depths in subsequent books.

There’s always more to learn and discover about the craft of writing, but if you try and understand everything before you’ve even written your first book, you will end up confused and overwhelmed!

This course cuts through the noise and gives you what you NEED to know in order to get that book written.

How will this course help you?

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The core modules contain everything you need to know to write your novel, but you can also dive deeper.

These bonus interviews go into detail on banishing writer's block, outlining, dialogue, writing memorable characters, author voice, writing emotion, how to research, dictating your book and tips on editing.

This course is for you if:

  • You dream of writing a novel but don’t know where to start
  • You have started writing, but you’re stuck and frustrated with progress
  • You’re overwhelmed with all the various writing books and just want a step-by-step path to follow
  • You have a first draft but it’s not great and you want to make it better before submitting it to agents, or self-publishing
  • You have a published novel out already but it’s not selling and you want to revisit the basics

This course is also focused on story before language, and satisfying readers rather than critics. If you want to write poetry or prize-winning literary fiction, then it’s likely not for you. But if you want to write a novel that readers love and that could earn you an income, read on.

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This course contains everything I’ve learned about how to write a novel that readers love, all wrapped up in a step-by-step guide that will help you shortcut the journey, save time and avoid the mistakes I’ve made along the way.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

The course starts as soon as you enroll. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish. There are 12+ hours of material as part of the course, but you can space that over several weeks/months or binge it in one weekend if that's your thing!

 

How long do I have access to the course?

After enrolling, you have unlimited access to the course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. You can also download the materials to your own computer so you can keep them offline.

 

What if I am unhappy with the course?

It’s so important to me that this course provides value for you, so if you are unsatisfied with your purchase, just contact me in the first 30 days and I'll give you a full refund. Just email: support@TheCreativePenn.com

 

Is the course useful for people writing in other genres?

I write thrillers, crime and dark fantasy, but the course is useful if you’re writing any genre, because the principles of story are the same, no matter what you’re writing.

 

What if I write poetry or literary fiction that is not aimed at commercial success?

This course focuses on helping you write stories that readers love. It doesn’t focus on beautiful language, so if that is your primary focus, I’d suggest looking at more literary focused courses. If you understand that literary fiction is a genre like any other, then you may still find the course useful.

 

How does this fit with your other courses: Self-Publishing Success and Creative Freedom?

This course is about how to write a novel and although there is one video on your publishing options, it doesn’t go into publishing in detail. There are also no specifics on book marketing or making a living with your writing, all of which is covered in the other courses.

The courses are designed as a journey, so you can progress into Self-Publishing Success if you want to pursue that after finishing your novel, or if you want to take it even further, Creative Freedom contains everything you need to know to run a business as an author and how to make a living with your writing.

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How to Write a Novel is a step-by-step guide to understanding story structure and the elements of a novel, and then writing and editing your manuscript.

There are videos for every lesson as well as downloadable audio and PDF slides so you can learn at your own pace and in your preferred format.

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How to Write a Novel: From Idea to Finished Manuscript

If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then this course is for you.

Core Modules

First Principles

Story structure, genre, and understanding what you’re actually writing as well as the mindset you’ll need to make it to the end of your novel.

Story structure, genre, and understanding what you’re actually writing as well as the mindset you’ll need to make it to the end of your novel.

Ideas, Research and Planning

How to find and gather ideas for your story as well as how to research what you need to make it come alive.

How to find and gather ideas for your story as well as how to research what you need to make it come alive.

Aspects of a Novel

Writing and Editing Your Manuscript

What’s Next?

The essentials of what you need to know in order to write your novel, including character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, theme and more.

The essentials of what you need to know in order to write your novel, including character, plot, setting, dialogue, point of view, theme and more.

Outlining, plotting and discovery writing. How to write that first draft and get the words on the page, plus how to use Scrivener software. Self editing, finding and working with a professional editor.

Outlining, plotting and discovery writing. How to write that first draft and get the words on the page, plus how to use Scrivener software. Self editing, finding and working with a professional editor.

An overview of your publishing options and your plan to finish your novel.

An overview of your publishing options and your plan to finish your novel.

Plus, extra Q&A videos with Joanna Penn based on questions you have during the course.

“This is what I've needed my whole life.”
Nick May
www.thenickmay.com

“Joanna's inspiring and logical method of teaching gave me the confidence to begin my own novel. I can't speak highly enough of this course.” Nancy

“This course is exactly what I was looking for. I now feel well on my way to writing and completing my first draft. It has been a real breakthrough for me.”
Leigh Anderson

“This is what I've needed my whole life.”
Nick May, www.thenickmay.com

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